Friday, December 17, 2010

Off We Go!

We leave for 2 weeks vacation in the US tomorrow morning and are super excited!  I even caught a cold for the occassion ;-)  We feel incredibly fortunate to get the opportunity to be with both our families again this holiday season and hope to take advantage of every moment we are home.

As we take off, here are a few images from our week in China:

We had SNOW -- all day Tuesday it swirled around outside my window looking so beautiful and there was enough that it stuck for over a day ... so pretty!

We saw this man writing/painting (?) ancient Chinese characters in water on the walkway of a park.  Sort of reminded me of kids with chalk.

This type of cart is something we see quite a bit of and it always makes my heart hurt ... often the cart is being pulled past a parked Ferrari and the contrast makes me shake my head in disbelief. 

Friday, December 10, 2010

What's on the horizon

We've had a few questions lately from friends/family about whether we're staying in Shanghai and/or what's next for us ... the uncomplicated (but perhaps scary to some) answer is:  we don't know.  We're more than O.K. with this answer because we know that God knows and that's enough for us (for now). :)
What we do (sort of) know:
- We are quite confident this is our last year as dorm parents - unlike real parents of teenagers we're actually able to quit after just two years.
- There is a very, very slim chance we'll be staying in Shanghai after this school year - the perfect job at our school would need to become available and right now it doesn't look very likely.  Don't get me wrong, we really like Shanghai and really, really like our school ... we're just getting itchy feet and we're ready to be somewhere with more outdoor recreation (NATURE!) and somewhere with less than 15 million people all living in one place.
- What we're dreaming about ... we'd absolutely love to do a caretaking job again next year, but we're also applying through QSI (a non-profit international school organization with schools in nearly 30 countries) and for other random things that come up.  A few weeks ago we applied to a school in the Marshall Islands and had very positive feedback, but after looking at the various options we decided it wasn't for us right now ... so, the adventure hunting continues.
This week, a caretaking job at Hearst's Wytoon Estate in NorCal came up.  After seeing the below pictures, we're definitely doing a lot of day dreaming!

Images from here
For the immediate future, we're super excited that we'll get to travel back to the US again for Christmas this year!  We leave in one week and are really looking forward to seeing family.  We feel incredible fortunate and blessed to be able to do this! 

Saturday, December 4, 2010

You might be ... in a developing country when ...

.... an entire building is devoted to this.

(p.s. - I know it's a bit gross, but it made me laugh and so I share)